: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China (): Jay Taylor: Books. By Jay Taylor. Belknap. pp. $ Chiang Kai-shek ranks as one of the most despised leaders of the 20th century. Famously derided as. Hadrian said: This new revisionist biography of the Generalissimo draws from new Jay Taylor has revisited the western treatment of Chiang Kai-shek in The.

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Chinese troops were instrumental in the Burma campaigns of WWII, and also held there own in China against millions of Japanese invaders from Manchuria and coastal Egneralissimo.

Jay Taylor shows a man genealissimo was generaliszimo ruthless and temperamental but who was also courageous and conscientious in matters of state.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Taylor gives us a more sympathetic look at the man who was blamed for losing China. In the years of history of China, he was one of the only two southern leaders who have unified China. Dec 05, Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 05, Rippen Liu rated it really liked it. Even though his Nationalist government was acting in a way that was not nearly democratic, the changes introduced by Chiang and his son spurred the economy of Taiwan and allowed for the establishment of a truly democratic, highly developed nation.

This strategic blunder cost the Communists their appetite for any sort of immediate large-scale Generalissimi invasion. Chiang saw all of this happening, and witnessed the Cold War through a critical eye, careful to always look first after the survival of the KMT in Taiwan and his own legacy.

List of illustrations URL http: Jun 19, Anthony Caruso rated genealissimo it was amazing. Chiang was quite the character, and Taylor does a marvelous job intricately detailing the Generalissimos’ life and legacy.


The whole life of CKS was tangled with modern China. The value of these diaries has thus been widely recognised by historians worldwide. While they did not look formidable, the junks, which had substantial wooden hulls and one foot thick keels, would not be easy to sink with the naval and aircraft weapons available to the Nationalists.

Buy the selected items together This item: They simply agreed to whatever the Americans asked on paper, but then didn’t do what they had promised to do.

If Kim had not attacked the South in and instead Mao had launched his junk armada against Taiwan in June, almost certainly the Truman administration would not have intervened to save Generalissmo Kai-shek.

Now a different Chiang stands before us. We could never have developed and eventually taken political power for ourselves. Jun 12, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: Mao’s forces were also mobilizing by air: There generalisskmo no discussion topics on this book yet. Her description fails to describe the details of the different proposed Burma campaigns and thereby makes a relatively consistent position on behalf of CKS to support an invasian as long as its scope and chances of success are reasonable appear irrational as the contours of the invasion including key provisions for naval and air support kept being changed, mostly by the British.

Don’t have an account? He was born in rich costal Zhejiang province, traditional culture reserved well there. The PLA had also assembled some junks and towable craft for the assault.

It only started to get interesting after Chiang Kai-Shek retreated to Taiwan and that is pages into this page book.

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The most amazing insight of the book is that the prosperous, democratic Taiwan of today is exactly what the “wise men” of the s insisted that Chiang Kai Shek could never deliver and his communists opponents would.

Chiang Kai-Shek also Jiang Jieshi was one of the most polarising Chinese figures of the twentieth century, equally celebrated as the victor over the Japanese and reviled as the man who lost the Mainland to the Communists after defeat in the Chinese Civil War. Chiang Kai-shek, an autocratic, larger-than-life figure, dominates this story.


I shall have to read “Chiang Kai Shek: I had to learn more about the recent history of Taiwan and it is a work in progress for me. Even in CCP circles he is remembered as a Chinese patriot. Relative sympathetic but comprehensive biography. He fought many battles with the Japanese occupying forces, and began to try and influence world leaders to support his cause in China. This is partly because many of those books taylot written before Chiang Kai Shek’s diary as well as previously classified documents became publicly available.

This vividly realized account will be the authoritative work for a long time to come.

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Did the Generalissimo save China? Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. This book is essentially a biography of Chiang Kai-shek, and frankly is one of the best books I have ever read. The fact that Pakula did not take the trouble to clarify this story but rather repeat it verbatim casts a gaylor on the scholarly quality of her generalissimp book, in my opinion.

Jay Taylor has maintained an sympathetic but objective tone through out the whole works. After reading both accounts as well as Mitter’s in Forgotten Ally I have to say that Pakula’s which is also the “conventional wisdom” from US reports at the time is not convincing.